Skip to main content

Small Cool Inspiration

Apartment Therapy is doing their yearly Small Cool Contest and I'm eating it up. There are soooo many small, cool rooms featured that I adore. From time to time I'll be featuring my favorites for both my own and your decor inspiration.

(above: Madeline's Swedish Light - via Apartment Therapy) Breezy white curtains let the sunlight flow into this small apartment. The furniture maintains clean lines. And pillows and throws in different textures and patterns give the room some eclectic flair. Isn't that shiny silver floor lamp the coolest?

(above: Laura & Anna's Room for Entertainment - via Apartment Therapy) Filling the wall with art makes a bold statement. Not only do I love that there is vintage art in this room, but I adore how they displayed it---three large posters hung high on the wall and six smaller prints hung underneath.

(above: Michael's Vintage Features - via Apartment Therapy) This room looks spacious because of all the off-white---the walls, chair, couch, and curtains all match. I also love that table against the back window. If a renter is short on space, a small table like that can serve double duty as both desk and dining area.

(above: Sarah's Small Sanctuary - via Apartment Therapy) I love how warm, cozy, and eclectic this room is. The screen, old radio, records, and globe make for fantastic touches. I also like the mixing-and-matching of furniture pieces.

(above: Louise's Cocoon - via Apartment Therapy) This room exudes chic comfort. And it reminds me of the Loft Bed Hack that I featured back in January. Click here to find out how to create your own four-poster canopy bed using a dorm loft bed kit.

For more Small Cool, click here.




DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done. I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia .

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.